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Summary

To catch a thief…or fall for one?

All Nick Norton wants is to stay on the straight and narrow…and never get caught stealing again. Then he lays eyes on her: Stella Peretti—100 percent sexy and absolutely irresistible. Especially when he sees her smooth moves lifting a two-karat diamond. Nick realizes he’s found the sparkling woman of his dreams—one so perfect for him it’s almost criminal.

The Shimmy Shimmy Bangs are master jewel thieves who are planning the heist of the century. And Shimmy leader, Stella, isn’t about to let anyone—even if he is a hunky, tatted-up studmuffin—get in her way. But when two of her girls are put out of commission, Stella realizes that Nick isn’t just a red-hot distraction. He might be the answer to her pilfering prayers.

Now, Nick and Stella are putting everything on the line for one last job. But when two thieves have this much chemistry, it’s only a matter of time before somebody’s heart gets stolen.

©2018 Lux Holdings LLC (P)2018 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved

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Different for the genre

Refreshing different listen 😀 throughly enjoyed this book new author for me but with the 🦄 and CJ bloom made me buy it and I am pleased I did bad boy biker and a jewel thief made for something different and parts I did not expect , will definitely look for more from this author

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Great listen

I’m rating this as five stars because within its genre, it’s really good. Some niggles but it’s refreshingly good in an oversaturated market of romance books. I’d probably rate it 4 stars if I was comparing it to other books across all genres.

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  • CAROLYN 🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹🔹
  • 04-09-18

A REFRESHING, LIGHTHEARTED & FUN GEM

Firstly, this is NOT New Adult.. Audible has accidentally mis-genred this book as both the hero and heroine are well into their thirties.. in fact the hero is forty - so don’t be put off by the sub-category and, maybe after letting Audible know, they’ll put things right. Anyhoo..

This was such an enjoyable humorous lighthearted listen.. and sexy too.. as hot, tattooed, Ducati riding Nick (who has recently been released from Prison) soon heads into big trouble.. and her name is Stella Peretti. Because the stunning beauty who captured his attention is going to change this ex con’s outlook on going straight, fuel his libido, warm his heart with her quirky antics, challenge his alpha sexcapades in the bedroom, show him heaven and prove that he is definitely a selfless hero. The reason for that is that Stella is also a jewel thief, she’s a one-third part of the selfless female Robin Hood gang known as Shimmy Bang Sparkle who rob the rich, give to the poor and right wrongs, she’s sexy as Hell, she loves life.. and, with her, life’s never dull. She’s kind, she’s good.. and she’s all sorts of bad in-between, she’s planning the ultimate heist.. AND, she doesn’t know it yet, but she’s going to need a hero.. because, once this dynamic duo of soul-mates agree to do “one last job”, there will be no stopping them.. or will there?

Worth a credit? For me, yes definitely.. I hadn’t heard of this author before and I’m not ashamed to say that it was Sebastian York’s name that initially drew me in.. well that and the sexy cover - and yes, I sometimes judge them by it. So, I took a chance and was rewarded with a feel-good dual POV insta-everything sweet romance that had a lot of witty funny times, drool-worthy sexy times, some sigh-worthy romantic times.. and even some heartfelt sad times too on this likeable couple’s road to riches. And they were accompanied by a sweet tiny dachshund named Pricilla whole stole the show.. and Stella’s partners in crime Roxie and Ruth were great fun characters too. As expected, the narration by Sebastian and CJ made all the characters come alive, conjured faultless imagery and they made this listen absolutely Shimmy Bang.. and yes Sparkle.

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  • Ana's Attic
  • 30-08-18

Totally in Love with This Book!

*While my reviews are spoiler-free, if you don't want to know more about the book, after the first paragraph skip down to likes and dislikes and the Down & Dirty review*

Shimmy Bang Sparkle was my first Nicola Rendell book, and let me tell you, it won’t be my last! This ladies, THIS is why I read (or listen in this case). If you were to write the perfect book for my tastes, Shimmy Bang Sparkle would be it! It has an older couple (He’s 40, she’s 30s), humor, banter, some action and adventure with some suspense, likable characters with great friends, good sexy times, an adorable dog, and it made me feel good and happy reading it. What more could I ask for? NOTHING, because this may be my favorite audiobook this year.

First off, I have to mention the GORGEOUS cover and the title. I love them both so much! But honestly, I loved everything about this little gem of a book (see what I did there? GEM?) When Nick gets out of jail after being caught stealing jewels, he is ready to turn over a new leaf and go legit. But as he’s is riding his Ducati down the street, he notices the most beautiful woman in a jewelry store. She was like a beacon to him and he couldn’t stop himself from watching her through the window even though she was trying on engagement rings. Then she threw her head back and laughed and Nick was a goner.

"Every guy’s got his thing. Some go for red heels, some go blondes in fishnets, some have it bad for redheads in shorts that show off some as$. Not me. My thing, my type, was standing right in front of me. Long, thick dark hair. Jeans. T-shirt. Beat up Chuck Taylors. With a laugh like that. Nothing better on earth."

He went into the store to get near her and caught Stella executing one of the smoothest thefts ever. He was just out on parole. He knows he needs to stay away from her, but darn, she was even sexier now.

"Never in my whole life had I seen anything so godda*ned smooth. She seemed sweet, she looked so sexy, and to top it all off, she was utterly badas$. I needed to get my hands on her. Now."

Stella was one of a group of three gorgeous, badas$ female jewel thieves that are almost an urban legend. They are completely professional and never leave a clue. The three best friends are pet sitters by day and have been doing their Robin Hood style thefts together since they were kids. For months they have been planning one last heist that would set them up for life. It’s not easy to date normal guys when you’re a jewel thief, but when Nick tells her his background, she realizes that maybe she could finally be herself around this guy.

"He wasn’t just some hunky guy who got me all hot and bothered. He was a guy who, for better or worse, could relate to my crazy, unconventional, decidedly not-the-girl-next-door secret life. He was a guy who I could actually be myself around."

When her planned heist hits some snafus, Nick steps in to help. Together the two of them rent an RV nicknamed the Love Boat and pose as newlyweds with their adorable dog.

"This was real, even if it was for show. This meant something, even if it was pretend. Sometimes the real truth was right in the middle of the lie."

There was a little instalove in this story, but personally, I loved that aspect. They bonded about something so unique (being thieves) that it totally worked for me. I loved both of their inner voices, and the chemistry between them was amazing.
“With a single look, he could make the world fall away.”

I loved that he was a big protective alpha but he let her run the show since he was just helping her. I loved that he appreciated every single thing about her.
“She was everything I’d never known I needed, and everything I could never be without.”

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•Everything, seriously. (But I will list a few of my favorite things.)
•Super-likable characters, including secondary.
•A completely unique storyline.
•The dog.
•The Texan was a great villain (I picture the guy from Toy Story with the cheese curl fingers).
•The sex was just the perfect amount and dirtiness and never felt like it was too gratuitous.
•I had a smile on my face the entire time and almost didn’t want to listen because I didn’t want it to end.
•A little suspense.
•Very little angst.
•The friendship between the women.
•Fun and flirty.
•A complete standalone.

Dislikes:
•I could nitpick a few TINY issues if I HAD to, but all I can think of right now is how much I LOVED this book, not on things I didn’t like.

The Narration:
The narration was AWESOME. Starting out from Nicks POV, I love when Sebastian York does mature romantic comedy; he was absolutely PERFECT for the part. CJ Bloom could not have been a better choice for Stella. I was just saying the other day how great she is when you have 3 main female characters because she changes her voice entirely for each. I think the narrators made this amazing book even better!

The Down & Dirty:
Shimmy Bang Sparkle by Nicola Rendell is a new 2018 favorite! It is everything I love in a book and more. A completely unique story with great characters, some adventure, romance, hot sex, banter, great pacing and little angst. Shimmy Bang Sparkle is everything a summer beach read should be, and I read the whole thing with a big smile on my face. As soon as I finished I wanted to listen again!

Rating: 5++++++ Stars, 4.25 Heat

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  • ccBlaise01
  • 14-06-22

need more of Stella and Nick

I absolutely love this book and definitely want more from Stella Nick.. great story

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  • NightRunner
  • 07-04-22

Fun Story and the Dog was great

4 Stars for me!

Full review to follow in the next few days.

Lots of fun, even with the drawn out ending.

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  • Heather
  • 29-09-21

So Good!

Oooh alpha female doms alpha male in THE HOTTEST way possible 🥵 This is the switch couple I've needed in my life ❤ The heist story is badass too 😁👍
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  • Kim H
  • 29-02-20

Fantastic Story

If you are a romantic suspense fan you will want to listen to this story. I first read the book and loved it but now that I have heard the narration I would give it all the stars. Sebastian York as Nick and CJ Bloom as Stella really bring life to this story written by Nicola Rendell. Enjoy!

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  • Bklvr126💋
  • 01-02-20

All the ⭐️s!! This delivered!

From the beginning this book took off like a bullet! An all female Jewel heist w a Robin Hoodish twist- these 3 ladies are legendary as Shimmy Shimmy Bang in the underground scene - with twists and turns galore- but we mustn’t forget our bad boy good guy-this had all the feels. I was laughing crying sighing panting squeezing my thighs together (watch out in public) gritting my teeth angry cussing and on the edge of my seat, staying up all hours to listen to this nonstop piece of audio gold!
The narration was spot on, by two of my favorites.
Clever, Sexy & suspenseful, this had it all for me so it’s worth every penny, credit or kindle unlimited subscription. I highly recommend it!❤️

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  • Dragonfly
  • 07-11-19

Loved it!

I really Loved this book. The story is funny and intense. There was a lot of fun for all. A definite five star listen.

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  • Mary's older sister
  • 04-06-19

Fun listen

I got this book because it was narrated by Sebastian York; I also really like CJ Bloom. This was a very fun listen. Great characters, good story excellent narration. .

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  • Shannon
  • 10-01-19

Romance with Excitement! Great Listen!!

This was my first time reading Author Nicola Rendell and I highly enjoyed her writing. This story was unique and captured all the pieces that make a romance. I was absolutely hooked from the first page!
Stella is a jewel thief with her eye on the rarest diamond but while working her way up to the big heist, she meets her match in every way possible.
Nick just got out of lockup for his sticky fingers and can’t believe his eyes when he witnesses the most sexiest woman pulling off a con right through the jewelry store window.
What starts out as fun quickly morphs into a connection between two people who have more in common then they know.
This story was funny, passionate and full of feels.
Narrators Sebastian York and CJ Bloom brought Nick and Stella’s characters to life.
I will definitely be indulging in more from this author!